The Sit-at-Home order from the Indigenous People of Biafra to all living in the Southeastern part of the Country is no longer news to anyone conversant with the media as it has been an issue on the frontburner for weeks now. However, the call has taken another dimension as the group has send out a message to the University of Nigeria Community on its observance.IPOB in a Protest at Enugu
According to the Group, the Sit-at-home which shall hold on the “Biafra Heroes Day”, Tuesday, 30th May, 2017, a day set aside to mark the remembrance of the many Igbo killed in the 1966 pogrom, during the Nigeria-Biafra war and also all those killed at one time or the other in post-war Nigeria. All over the Campus, the group has pasted notices of the observance and had gone ahead to make personal contacts to Lecturers and Students to observe the Sit-at-home.
However, the Nigerian Police Force, Enugu State Command, has sent out a strong warning to the IPOB over the sit-at-home call, saying it will resist any attempt by the group to force people to sit at home.
According to a statement released by the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Ebere Amaraizu:
“The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, wishes to inform members of the public, particularly the good people of the state, that its attention has been drawn to an alleged sit-at-home order being circulated by groups of persons masquerading under the aegis of Biafra Independence Movement, BIM, among others.
In view of the above, the command wishes to advise members of the public to disregard such order and go about their normal lawful businesses as the state command, in partnership with other sister security agencies in the state as well as relevant stake holders, is assuring members of the public of their safety and security in the state.
The command in addition, reminds those fanning embers of any unlawful act together with their supporters to desist from any act capable of truncating the existing peace in the state as anyone caught, will be made to face the law.”